Frédéric Chopin

Biography

Born: 1810   Died: 1849   Period: Romantic
Frédéric Chopin has long been recognized as one of the most significant and individual composers of the Romantic age. The bulk of his reputation rests on small-scale works that in other hands would have been mere salon trifles: waltzes, nocturnes, preludes, mazurkas, and polonaises (the last-named two groups reflecting his fervent Polish nationalism). These works link poetically expressive melody and restless harmony to high technical demands. Read more Even his etudes survive as highly appealing concert pieces by emphasizing musical as well as technical values.

His birth date is a matter of controversy; the town registration of his birth specifies February 22, but Chopin always gave the date as March 1. His father was French, his mother Polish; he was raised in Warsaw by a family that mingled with intellectuals and members of the middle and upper classes, and as a teenager he spent two summers in the country, where he was exposed to Polish folk music. By the age of eight he was recognized as a child prodigy, performing in elegant salons and beginning to write his own pieces. Early on he studied composition with Josef Elsner, then took classes in various other music subjects as well as art and literature at the Warsaw Lyceum. In 1826 he enrolled at the University of Warsaw. He gave his first recital in Vienna in 1829, and over the next few years he performed at home and through much of German and Austria as well as in Paris. Feeling limited by Warsaw's cultural provincialism and uncomfortable with the publicity surrounding his performances there, he settled in Paris in 1832 and established himself as an exorbitantly paid piano teacher. In Paris he composed extensively, but limited his performances mainly to private salons.

In 1838 he began an affair with French novelist George Sand. The couple, along with Sand's children, spent a harsh winter in Majorca, where Chopin's health plummeted and he was diagnosed with consumption (tuberculosis). Chopin settled in with Sand in France, composing steadily although his increasing perfectionism slowed his output. By the mid-1840s, though, his health and romantic situation both had deteriorated. The affair ended in 1847 after, among other things, Sand had portrayed their relationship unflatteringly in her 1846 novel Lucrezia Floriani. Chopin then made an extended visit to the British Isles, but returned to Paris to die in 1849. Read less
Chopin: Complete Etudes / Hardy Rittner
Release Date: 06/19/2012   Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)  
Catalog: 9041747   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 14 / Idil Biret, Et Al
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554540   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 5 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554531   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 7 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554533   Number of Discs: 1
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Chopin: Complete Piano Music Vol 10 / Idil Biret
Release Date: 09/28/1999   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8554536   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Grande valse brillante, Op. 18

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    Chopin: Piano Works / Francois
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 563140 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Samson François
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  • 2.
    Dinu Lipatti Collection: 100th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 17011 Release Date: 07/21/2017   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Enescu,  Johannes Brahms,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Nadia Boulanger,  Marie-Blanche de Polignac,  Irčne Kedroff  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans von Benda,  Ernest Ansermet,  Alceo Galliera,  Eduard van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Dance Fantasies / Gordeladze
    Label: Antes   Catalog: 319300 Release Date: 07/14/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leopold Godowsky,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Carl Czerny,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Catherine Gordeladze
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    Chopin: Waltzes / Blumental [Vinyl]
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: BRLP017 Release Date: 06/16/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Felicja Blumental
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    Espressione / Krupinski
    Label: Dux Records   Catalog: 1375 Release Date: 06/02/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin
    Performer:  Łukasz Krupiński
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    The Murray Perahia Awards Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985413952 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
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    Immortal Dinu Lipatti
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559346 Release Date: 02/03/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Dinu Lipatti,  Nadia Boulanger
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Orchestra
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    The American Recordings / Paderewski
    Label: Apr   Catalog: 2047276 Release Date: 01/06/2017   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  François Couperin,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Ignace Jan Paderewski  ... 
    Performer:  Ignace Jan Paderewski
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  • 9.
    The Complete Chopin: Deluxe Edition
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002599300 Release Date: 12/16/2016   Number of Discs: 21
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Krystian Zimerman,  Jan Lisiecki,  Anatol Ugorski,  Maurizio Pollini  ... 
    Conductor:  Krystian Zimerman,  Krzysztof Urbanski,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Festival Orchestra,  North German Radio Elbphilharmonie Orchestra,  Beaux Arts Trio  ... 
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    Claudio Arrau: The Complete RCA Victor & Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony Music Entertainment   Catalog: 307165 Release Date: 10/07/2016   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Arrau
    Conductor:  Karl Krueger,  Desiré DeFauw,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 11.
    Chopin: 14 Waltzes / Pires
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 555255 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Maria-Joao Pires
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    Great Chopin Pianists
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002437202 Release Date: 01/15/2016   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lev Oborin,  Alexandre Uninsky,  Yakov Zak,  Bella Davidovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Václáv Smetácek
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Symphony Orchestra,  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 13.
    Project Number One
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 1835 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Uta Hielscher
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  • 14.
    Chopin: Complete Waltzes
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 95208 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alessandro Deljavan
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    Label: Iznaola Guitar Works   Catalog: 5638534971 Release Date: 08/01/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt,  Maurice Ravel,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Ricardo Iznaola
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    Label: Safe Management   Catalog: 5638537150 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Richard M. Sherman,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Chris De Burgh  ... 
    Performer:  Russell Thompson
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    Live Recordings From The University Of Illinois, 1949
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 7306 Release Date: 06/09/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Schubert,  Johannes Brahms,  Domenico Scarlatti  ... 
    Performer:  Myra Hess
    Conductor:  John Kuypers,  Victor Kolar
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  • 18.
    Chopin Dance Project / Lang Lang
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 504891 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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    Chopin Dance Project / Lang Lang
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 504890 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Lang Lang
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  • 20.
    Chopin: Complete Edition
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94660 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Ewa Kupiec,  Abbey Simon,  Alwin Bär,  Folke Nauta  ... 
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Heribert Beissel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Hamburg Symphony Orchestra
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    Vassily Sapellnikoff, Xaver Scharwenka: The Complete Recordings
    Label: Apr (Appian)   Catalog: 6016 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Mily Balakirev,  Anton Rubinstein,  Anatole Liadov  ... 
    Performer:  Vassily Sapellnikoff,  Franz Xaver Scharwenka
    Conductor:  Stanley Chapple
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  • 22.
    Louis Lortie plays Chopin Vol 4 - Waltzes, Nocturnes
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10852 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Louis Lortie
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  • 23.
    Murray Perahia plays Chopin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88843062432 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Murray Perahia
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
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    Rachmaninov: Complete RCA Recordings
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88843073922 Release Date: 04/28/2015   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Fritz Kreisler,  Natalie Rachmaninov,  Nadezhda Plevitskaya
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski,  Eugene Ormandy,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Rubinstein Plays Chopin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 687122 Release Date: 08/26/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein
    Conductor:  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra of London,  Symphony of the Air
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